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Ready and Willing

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  72 reviews
At thirty-two, Abby's pretty much got her shit together. She has a good job, a cozy home, a supportive family...and a biological clock that's starting to feel more like a time bomb. Turned off the by the cold science of artificial insemination but wary of the complications that might come from enlisting a close male friend, Abby settles on a happy medium. She places an ad ...more
ebook, 1st, 80 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Loose Id, LLC
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Alex is The Romance Fox
This was so horrible!!!!
I have read 3 books by this author and I loved fact I rated them all 5 stars so I could I go wrong with anything written by Cara McKernna.

What a surprise...a not so nice one at that. Because I found nothing that I liked about Ready and Willing!

Unlikable characters, silly plot and no erotica fabulosity!!!!!!

Abby is in her thirties and feels her biological clock is ticking away...I can understand that she decides to go the sperm donor route!!! Now, sh
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Another good Cara McKenna novella. This time, we get a story that starts off as strictly erotica and moves into something approaching a romance. A hot (view spoiler) scene that could have been even hotter with some more details. A nice, quicky read.
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
A quick-reading novella. Ready and Willing is the story of a woman desperate to become pregnant. So she posts an ad in the newspaper, finds two incredibly hot male specimens for the job, does the medical and background checks, and gets down to business. Each man she meets separately everyday she's ovulating but her separate trists come colliding together when they all run into each other on the street. What's worse is male specimen one (Noah) and male specimen 2 (Rob) know each other from the g ...more
Sierra Dean
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-lit, ebook, romance
The cover of this one is a wee bit misleading, as it gives the indication this will be a run of the mill romance. Of course, if you've ever read anything by Cara McKenna you know "run of the mill" is far from her norm.

I *love* Cara McKenna's books. She's an instant buy for me and after reading Willing Victim earlier this year I immediately downloaded her entire back catalog. Even in shorter fiction she manages to create rich, textured characters you can relate to and root for.

In this case we ha
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this. Not that I thought that the execution was awful, but because I wasn't able to treat the decisions the characters make as purely fantasy material, and so they bothered me ethically. Which is a pretty ridiculous thing to say about a short erotic novella, I realize, but that's the kind of weirdo I am.

Premise: Abby is an early-30s lady with a career, a condo, no partner, and a desire to be a mom. So she does what any self-respecting erotic novella heroine would do and shuns the
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

This book it’s a quick sexy and fun read!

Its packed in perfectly, smut enough to totally melt your panties!
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have written and then back spaced everything, a couple of times. I can't really explain this book in a way that wouldn't sound corny or lame. It's not what I expected. I didn't even read the blurb. I saw the author and though - good "I can go for this!"

Abby wants a baby and decides on two guys to assist with her goal. She figures two will up her chances of falling pregnant. What starts out as something fairly straight forward, turns out to be a little more complicated.

It's hot and definitely
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Why I read it: Cara McKenna writes very non-traditional romance - in fact, I gather it is only a gamble as to whether you'll get a (hopeful or actual) HFN. For that reason, I've been fairly careful about which books of her's I read because I'm really in it for the HFN/HEA. I've only read Willing Victim of hers before which ended on a hopeful note (her alter ego Meg Maguire writes romance with the requisite HEA). Plus, I picked this up for 60% off at Fictionwise recently, so really there was no r ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, z2011-reads
I waffled over this one a bit. It is really a 2.5 read for me.

I think I probably would have rated it a bit higher if I hadn't read another book by the author, Willing Victim that set a higher bar for me.

On it's own merits, though, this is a fine book. Except it is pure erotica when I was expecting a bit more. So this review is probably more a victim of my expectations that anything intrinsically wrong with the story. There is a plot, the main character Abby wants to have a baby. She has just b
I love it when I get to the end of the story and realize that the sex scenes were character development. In a nutshell, that's what makes for some good, emotionally-charged erotica or erotic romance. In Ready and Willing, a decision Abby makes at the end of the book wouldn't have happened without choices and powershifts she had made during previous sex scenes. Yay! Cool! Awesome!

I liked all three characters and felt their distinctness clearly and vividly, but I wished for more depth. I think tha
This is more a 3 1/2 stars for me. And I would have rated it higher if it would have been a little longer.
But I've come to the conclusion that one of the main reasons why I love this author so much is because she makes her characters and storylines REAL. Even though most of her work are short stories, she doesn't rush them. She doesn't end the book with the H/h happily married with lots of babies with everything right and wonderful in the world. (Rainbows and unicorns and all that)

Ready and W
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know what you're thinking. What the hell, twill? Five stars, really? You said you weren't going to give everything four and five stars any more! And for a dirty little book? Five stars? Are you cracked?'s a short little book full of *whispers* S-E-X. (yes, I had to whispered AND spell it because I'm a nice girl. ;) But for what it is, it's perfect. It's quick and fun and sexy and for that, it gets five stars.

I was as immediately taken by Noah as as Abby. He gave be the tingles in
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Abby wants to have a baby so she makes arrangements to pay 2 men to impregnate her. This is all business, no feelings, no strings. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans (pun intended)?
Noah is so sweet and caring that Abby just can't help herself but have feelings for him. He is the kinda guy I would want too.
I liked this story but I think Abby didn't really think things through and if she really just wanted this to be all business, she should have gone to a sperm bank. Also, I coul
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this story of lucky Abby who is paying two men to impregnate her and both men just happen to be handsome. One is in it for the money, the other seems more into Abby

I loved the way the author wrote the developing relationship. The sex scenes are quite tame until the threesome!

Good sexy short story.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I really, really liked this story.

BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give me an epilogue next time.

I have to have a HEA! Really I do, I crave it. Now I am never going to know if it is what's his name or Noah's...
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, LOVED this book! It's so sincere, sweet without being sappy, funny, and erotic enough to totally knock your socks off. Cara McKenna, you just landed yourself a new fan! I highly recommend this book!
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable with an interesting subject - sperm donors. No one does taboo like this author.

I docked it a star because 73 pages for €4.99?!?! Rip off.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
um... don't read this on public transportation. or anywhere else that there might be an attractive human being that you'll throw yourself at to make a baby. or rub up against.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f, novella, erotica
Very engaging, steamy (!) and somehow very sweet short novella. It's another novella I had my "doubts" about which were TOTALLY unfounded. I really enjoyed this one, especially the way it was concluded, the whole feel of it. I'm not a holiday person but if YOU are, read this on Christmas or whenever you feel festive :)

Abby is 32 years old and her biological clock started ticking, she is not in the right "mood" at the moment to wait to actually FIND Mr perfect, then the amount of time needed to m
Book Utopia
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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Sep 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I got this by mistake since I'd mixed up the title with Willing Victim. If I'd read the summary I would probably have skipped it. I disliked pretty much everything about this short-story. The premise was annoying, Rob was repulsive, Noah had no sense of boundaries and none of the sex was actually sexy. I have read some seriously disturbing stuff over the years, but this kind of grossed me out. I felt dirty in a bad way after reading it, and I only skimmed the last fifteen pages to get it over wi ...more
~ Cariad ~
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 - you old romantic Cara! - stars

This unusual novella packs one heck of a punch! It's got a great back story, great characters and as always with a Cara McKenna read it's erotic as fuck!

Super hot, with a lovely HEA... can't ask for much more than that from a novella :)
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sweet erotic romance
4 hot, sweet, quick-read stars!
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read. I find this author is one of the best at erotica. Her sex scenes are impressively written. This one was short and quick and while I won't say it was a must read it was a good short story.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Cara McKenna
*** JANUARY 2, 2013 ***

kitty mckenna rocks my world, and she does it so. damned. predictably: as in, her stuff doesn't read rote, but she never fails to spank. that said, her strengths are predictably her strengths (character evolution, cohesion, and chemistry), and her weaknesses are . . . well, are not very apparent.

she's for sure more of a psychological study than a ThrillMaster, but that's not to say she can't plot. and this book relies perhaps a titch more on plot than some of her other wo
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, menage
I'm split up about this one. On the one hand I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. How Abby went about to become pregnant was kind of fun and original. Even if the story was written in first person and from her perspective, I never really connected with her. She seemed too distant.

I liked Noah. Didn't love him. But he had real potential. He did feel a littel under-developed. And I absolutely hated Rob. I get that Ms McKenna's style is as realistic as possible - but here was potential fo
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Wow. I knew getting into this one would be a little weird because...well, read the synopsis.
Two guys trying to impregnate one woman. There was bound to be some manly cock fighting and sexy scenes. Now, the cock fighting was mild, nothing like I thought it would be. It actually turned into a threesome. Crazy, huh? Two guys, one woman. And when I say two guys, I mean two guys, one hole. Yeah, you get the picture. That was a little WHOA for me. While it was pretty hot, the sex talk was beyond chees
*2.5 STARS*

Cara McKenna gained a fan in me with Willing Victim and I have read several of her books since that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Her books are unabashedly erotic and embrace the kink of her characters. I love that.

But this book just didn't do it for me. It was too short, the sex seemed to come out of nowhere (talking about the menage scene) and the ending wasn't satisfying either.

It just seemed that this one didn't work for me and i'm disappointed.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
You have probably come across this storyline before - girl wants baby and girl advertises and interviews prospective donor's?

Normally I have no problem giving Cara McKenna 4/5 stars for her writing, characters and plot but for me this story fell on its face.

just thought the storyline was not comfortable, the "willing victim" was crass and insensitive at times and the whole getting impregnated process was like listening to something off a porn setting - so for me this was not a great read or stor
Renee Nicole
For such a short book, the story is packed in perfectly. It's sexy, interesting, developed, and just a wonderful read. Some people might be put off by the semi-HEA ending, but I wasn't. It was too short a story to mash in a perfectly happy ending for Noah and Abby, it would have made the whole thing less real. It's something that I'm coming to love about Cara McKenna. Her characters are so HUMAN. Emotional, confused, excited, hesitant. They're not too dark or too light. They're always realistic ...more
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Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award ...more
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